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FILE -- Kevin Starr at his home in San Francisco, March 25, 2016. Starr, whose eight-volume history of California, collectively known as ÒAmericans and the California Dream,Ó traced the promise and the perils of his native state with a novelistÕs sense of narrative and character and a filmmakerÕs eye for colorful detail, died on Jan. 14, 2017, in San Francisco. He was 76. (Andrew Burton/The New York Times)

Kevin Starr, prolific chronicler of California’s history; at 76

Mr. Starr’s eight-volume work traced the promise and the perils of his native state.

FILE Ñ Wayne Barrett, the longtime investigative columnist for the Village Voice, at home in New York, Jan. 19, 2011. Barrett, who exposed the misdeeds of developers, landlords and politicians for the alternative weekly for 37 years and wrote a biography of Donald Trump in 1992, died in Manhattan on Jan. 19, 2017. He was 71. (Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times)

Wayne Barrett, 71, tenacious NYC reporter who followed Trump

Mr. Barrett, an investigative reporter at the Village Voice, was a scourge of New York City power brokers.

Part of Trump’s speech sounded eerily similar to Batman character Bane

President Donald Trump and the Batman character have some real plans in common.

Chris Evans is raising money for local charity Christopher’s Haven.


Chris Evans took over a Somerville comic shop for a hilarious prank

It was part of the Sudbury native’s efforts to raise money for a local charity.

Stained glass depicting “Messengers from Ephesus before Emperor Theodosius II (Episode from the Legend of the Severn Sleepers of Ephesus.”

From touching to fabulous to fierce at the Worcester Art Museum

A new installation integrates the John Woodman Higgins Armory Collection of arms and armor with other objects from the period between 500 and 1500, give or take a few decades.

Zoltán Friedenthal plays István in “Our Secrets.”

Stage review

‘Our Secrets’ laid bare at ArtsEmerson

Playwright and director Béla Pintér takes a deep look at what happens when governments repress free expression, and sex and power get tangled together

Guest conductor Juanjo Mena leads violinist Gidon Kremer and the Boston Symphony Orchestra Thursday.

Music review

A BSO program, from Russia with love

Gidon Kremer was in fine form performing Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s 1959 Violin Concerto, part of an all-Russia evening.

“House of Cards” actor Kevin Spacey was a member of the 2016 Kennedy Center Honorees at the White House in December.

On Inauguration Day, ‘House of Cards’ announces May return

The show’s Twitter account teased its season premiere.


The Informer: An environmental education fair, an art demonstration, and a concert

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

22nocalendar - Caught in a Vortex in Rockport, by Amy Smith, was the Grand Prize winner in the 2016 Essex National Heritage Area Photo contest. (Essex Heritage)


See Essex County through local lenses

A reception for Essex National Heritage Area Photo Contest winners will be held Jan. 25 at Hunt’s Photo & Video in Melrose.

Singer Jackie Evancho arrives for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / SAUL LOEB

Who is Jackie Evancho?

The 16-year-old classical singer is performing the National Anthem at Trump’s inauguration today.

FILE- In this Sept. 15, 2016, file photo, musician Madonna poses for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film

Madonna on Trump: ‘We have gone as low as we can go’

Madonna, an outspoken critic of President-elect Donald Trump, is trying to put a positive spin on his Friday inauguration.

Michelle Ferrari’s documentary on environmentalist Rachel Carson can be seen Tuesday on PBS’s “American Experience.”

Doc Talk

Documentaries fit for a president

Films to be broadcast or screened this week look at the environment and civil rights.

Kit Harington in a typically bloody scene from “Game of Thrones.”


Is there a truth for our times in this TV savagery?

There is something about the visions of barbarism depicted on several current series that seems oddly and frighteningly apropos.

The Brattle Theatre’s Dead of Winter: Cinema of the Occult series opens with “The Witch” on Jan. 27.

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The season of the witch (and other things)

The Brattle rolls out a series of new and classic films that focus on witchcraft and magic.

@Large | Michael Andor Brodeur

From Obama to Trump, the first Internet president to the second

Barack Obama showed us how a POTUS should use the Internet. But Donald Trump’s Internet mastery is more powerful.


Choice of books almost a stream of consciousness

While other young, aspiring novelists headed to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, Elliot Ackerman went to the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.


David Duchovny is coming to Brookline

The actor and author will be appearing at the Brookline Booksmith on Feb. 22.

The cast of “Will & Grace” (from left) Megan Mullally, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, and Sean Hayes.

TV Critic’s Corner

The week in TV

“American Crime Story” is thinking Monica Lewinsky thoughts, “Will & Grace” is indeed returning to NBC, plus three more takeaways from the week in TV.

Writer and activist Dan Savage (right) with humorist David Sedaris.

Dan Savage’s advice and advocacy span relationships, politics, activism

The “Savage Love” columnist and podcaster arrives in Boston for a show at the Wilbur at what he considers a precarious moment in the nation’s history.

Benjamin Millepied was brought in to recharge the famed but staid Paris Opera Ballet.

In Focus

A look at Benjamin Millepied, dancing as fast as he can

“Reset” looks at a charismatic, and controversial, director of the Paris Opera Ballet.

Tom Barrack


Quote of the day: Tom Barrack

The chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee explains why Kanye West wasn’t asked to perform.

Warren Beatty and sister Shirley MacLaine

Keeping Oscar in the family

Will Casey Affleck follow brother Ben as an Academy Award winner?

Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, and Garth Hudson of The Band in rehearsal for the Last Waltz concert.

40 years later, another whirl for the Last Waltz

John Medeski, Warren Haynes, Michael McDonald, and other musicians will appear at the Orpheum to mark the anniversary of The Band’s farewell concert.


Exploring a key at the frontier of sound

Practically nonexistent before the 1700s, the key of F-sharp major became an option as new tuning techniques expanded chromatic possibilities.

the discovery

Photos chronicle renegade skateboarders shredding empty, abandoned Calif. pools

Skateboarder Tino Razo presents a portrait of a distinctly West Coast vibescape.

book review

Rural Idaho family implodes after senseless murder of child by her mother

“Idaho,’’ Emily Ruskovich’s haunting debut hangs on the possibility of living with decency and grace inside the psychic wounds left by the indifferent violence of the world.

book review

Debating the very nature of freedom

In “The True Flag,’’ Stephen Kinzer trails Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and other leaders of the time as they tried to reconcile the nation’s anti-colonial heritage with its appetite for colonies.

“I see the path,” 2015 HD video, color, sound, 3 min. 15 sec.


Taking her camera to where frontiers meet

The Kurdish performance artist Fatma Bucak is drawn to borders.

Alanis Morissette at the Rock in Rio Lisboa music festiva in 2008.


Former business manager admits he stole millions from Alanis

Alanis Morissette’s former business manager admitted this week he embezzled millions of the singer-songwriter’s dollars.

A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Mr. Ferrer was the son of Academy Award-winning actor Jose Ferrer and singer-actress Rosemary Clooney, and a cousin of George Clooney.Mr. Ferrer appeared on “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “Crossing Jordan.”

Miguel Ferrer, 61, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ star

Mr. Ferrer brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’s hit and, before that, to NBC crime drama “Crossing Jordan.”


Chris Kimball sued by ex-wife after his exit from America’s Test Kitchen

Chris Kimball’s ex-wife Adrienne Kimball alleges the celebrity chef isn’t living up to the couple’s 2013 divorce agreement.

O.J. Simpson at his murder trial in 1995.

Why O.J. won’t go away

A documentary commissioned for television is good enough for the movies — and public debate.

John Cleese (center) with Lesley University president Jeff Weiss and his wife, Gerri.


Here and there

A roundup of celebrity sightings and other news of note.

Miguel Ferrer  in 2015.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ star Miguel Ferrer dies at 61

 Miguel Ferrer, who brought stern authority to his featured role on CBS’ hit drama “NCIS: Los Angeles” has died.

Michael Keaton in “The Founder.”


The Weekender: Poets, POTUS, photos, and toe shoes

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Vin Diesel and Deepika Padukone in “xXx: Return of Xander Cage.”

Movie Review

X doesn’t mark the spot

Vin Diesel returns as spy-guy action hero Xander Cage in a film that’s like a lesser imitation of his “Fast & Furious” vehicles.

Adam Pascal (center) is part of a strong cast in “Something Rotten!”

Stage Review

Spirited gags and some groans in entertaining ‘Something Rotten!’

The rambunctiously good-natured show sends up musicals and Shakespeare, but is simply not built to last.

Ben Affleck finally acknowledges the ‘Sad Affleck’ meme

Nearly a year after “Sadfleck” took the Internet by storm, Affleck shared the lessons he learned about that infamous moment.

Actors perform on stage on the Common during a presentation of “Love's Labour's Lost” by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company last year.

A new, enlarged role for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company

The troupe known for its free Shakespeare on the Common series aims to stage four to six full productions per season at Babson College.

President Barack Obama, center, and first lady Michelle Obama, left, listen to Chancelor Bennett,

Obama praised for bridging gap between hip-hop, politics

Obama paved a way for several rap stars to enter the White House for political discussion and musical performances.

Livingston Taylor (left) with Don Law at the Verb Hotel.


Carly Simon shows up for party for Livingston Taylor

The “You’re So Vain” singer has remained close to Livingston despite long ago divorcing his brother, James Taylor.

Actors Alex Portenko (left) and Kippy Goldfarb with director Shawn LaCount during a rehearsal for “Really.”


Company One’s ‘Really’ transforms a South End gallery into a stage

Matter & Light Fine Art will host the production, and audience members can take in the works in the gallery at play’s end.

Adam Driver and Golshifteh Farahani in “Paterson.”

Movie Review

‘Paterson’ is poetry in motion

Jim Jarmusch’s latest movie is a small, resonant masterpiece about the beauty of everyday life and a bus driver (Adam Driver) who’s also a poet.

Nia Long (left) and Idina Menzel costar in a Lifetime remake of the 1988 movie “Beaches.”

Television review

Cry me an ocean: The remake of ‘Beaches’ overflows with melodrama

There aren’t any ennobling gusts of inspiration lurking beneath the Lifetime movie’s wings.

The film’s style involves rotoscoping — taking footage of actors and drawing over them manually and digitally.

Movie review

That terrible day in Austin

“Tower” animates Charles Whitman’s 1966 sniper assault in Texas.